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AG Van Hollen to appeal injunction in voter ID law


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday afternoon that he’ll appeal a judge’s ruling that temporarily halted Wisconsin’s controversial voter ID law.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan said Tuesday that groups for Hispanics and African-Americans are likely to win their lawsuit which seeks to strike down the voting law. And the judge put the law on hold until a trial on the lawsuit can be held April 16th.

Flanagan said the plaintiffs have a case in claiming that the law hurts the voting rights of the poor, elderly, and minorities because it’s harder for them to get acceptable ID’s.

But Van Hollen says it’s proper for voters to prove who they are. And for those without ID’s, he said the law, “makes accommodations to reduce any potential burden” in obtaining them.

For now, at least, the judge’s order removes the requirement that voters show photo ID’s and sign poll books in Wisconsin’s presidential primary on April 3rd.

The state GOP says the entire case is tainted, because Judge Flanagan signed a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker last November.

Walker signed the voter ID mandate into law earlier last year.